Robert Newton Hunter, Jr.
May 23, 1930 ~ February 6, 2018
Robert Newton Hunter Jr. was born in rural Western Kansas on May 23, 1930. He went to “be with Jesus” on February 6, 2018, while being cared for by his family in his home in Montrose, Colorado. Bob is survived by his wife, Dorla, whom he met more than 80 years ago on the Sunday School bench in Brewster, KS. Also blessed to share in his life were his children: daughter Connie and Don Abshear of Grand Junction, daughter Kerry and Gary Rawls of Montrose, son Rob and Annette Hunter of Ridgway, and daughter Karla and Steve Palmer of Montrose. This father, grandfather of ten, and great grandfather of 21 always considered his loving family his greatest legacy. He was known as “Uncle Bob” by many people because he always wanted to treat others as family. He spent his working years in Southern California first running the family owned and operated Hunter Tools business and later helping to run Marshall Industries. He moved back closer to his roots in Ridgway, Colorado, and started the first real estate office in Ridgway in 1982 and Ridgway Land Company developing Ridgway USA. He was an entrepreneur (always coming up with business ideas), musician (from singing and playing sax in his own high school band to playing keyboard to exercise his hand after his stroke), history buff (studying and writing books about the family's ancestry), artist (from designing marketing aids to multimedia painting to creating landscape art), and philanthropist (from fund raising campaigns for United Way to numerous Christian ministries). He had an optimistic attitude that made the ordinary, extraordinary, and the mundane fun. The Hunter family will be forever grateful for the care given by HopeWest Hospice, especially Jim Courson. A celebration of his life is being planned for Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 pm, at the Ridgway State Park, Pa-co-chu-puk to commemorate his birthday and the 70th anniversary of Dorla and Bob's wedding. He will be greatly missed.